FRONTLINE: Sick Around America
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First of the problem is that Health Care system is ruled by greed and profit. In a capitalistic system like the US that plays right into its hands. Premiums are high, the cost is high, even the coverage itself may or may not even cover you. It's such a bad system it's not funny.
It definitely wasn't going to be fixed under the corrupt George W. Bush administration which failed to make any headway with keeping health care affordable.
Frontline presents these problems in more detail presents several cases with Americans where the Health Care system either failed, misled, or completely ignored their cries for help. The show presents the rather corrupt process of rescinding coverage.
How crappy is the health care system in America?
Even the Ceo of Kaiser is interviewed who admits how inadequate the health care system is. Imagine that.
As mentioned several stories are presented. Probably the most persuasive cases are the Jennifer Thompson story and Nikki White story.
Thompson was initially awarded medical coverage even though she might have cancer. Then after undergoing surgery to Thompson's surprise, the medical insurance company said they weren't going to pay for her coverage.Read more ›
For those familiar with Mr. Reid's ground breaking program (video), "Sick Around The World", they know that the producers of this new video totally distorted the conclusion of Mr. Reid's findings from his investigation. Karen Ignagni, Pres. of the insurance company lobby group, America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP),and primary force behind the "Harry and Louise" ads that killed Hillary Clinton's healthcare reform in 1992, was given the spotlight in this video; at the expense of Mr. Reid's narrative of Single Payer Healthcare being the most viable solution to America's healthcare crisis.
It is unfortunate that Frontline allowed the insurance lobby to distort and betray Mr. Reid's work. PBS should be ashamed.
How can you have an intelligent healthcare discussion, when you only bring Fox News' points to the table?
I also purchased, FRONTLINE: Sick Around The World, which I consider the sequel of this. It shows what OTHER countries are doing wrong and right. I thought that dvd was even better, and would have loved to pick out dozens of practices used in other nations that would beautifully solve some of the gaping flaws in our own system. Between the two shows, I am convinced we need "single-payer" or "universal" healthcare for all Americans. Even if you don't agree, I think everyone should understand these complaints and proposals before opening their mouths. Instead, most will call it "Social" medicine and run away in terror. Be brave. Get the WHOLE picture. THEN run away, if you must.
On the other hand, the alternative to a new system can be mighty frightening. This documentary takes a close look at just how badly several people all over the nation have been financially devastated by the current health care system. We meet a realtor who is seriously considering going back to her native New Zealand where she can get coverage until she's 65 years old--and then she could return to the US where she would be eligible for Medicare. There's also the case of a man who never thought he needed health insurance--until he returned from a trip overseas and had a heart attack which cost him huge amounts of money. We also see the remarkably tragic case of a beautiful young woman with lots of promise die from a case of lupus that she and her family could not afford to pay for because they didn't have insurance to cover it.
Frontline also explains issues surrounding pre-existing conditions and medical underwriting; this helps to educate the viewer. I learned a lot!
In addition, we get interesting interview footage with people at the top of several health insurance companies; and the footage of Obama's health care conference in March, 2009 is also very good for this film.Read more ›
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I use this for my nursing class. it is a great introduction to the topic of healthcare that nurses should be aware of.Published on April 21, 2014 by Mary Jane Shaw
Produced prior to the passage of ObamaCare, 'Sick Around America' still serves as a reminder of why change was needed - patients putting off surgery etc. Read morePublished on December 8, 2012 by Loyd Eskildson
If you are a healthcare professional you must watch thsi movie. I highly recommend this documentary. It is absolutely Excellent!!!Published on November 27, 2012 by Patrick A. Dallas
This was a very informative DVD, I was not aware of the things in it. I teach Health care classes in a College and use the DVD in class with my students to view and then write what... Read morePublished on October 16, 2012 by Larry
worth seeing. very comprehensive. the main issues are addressed. eye-opening and well worth a view for a good overall introduction to the basic problems of healthcare coverage.Published on March 21, 2010 by MDcares